Emergency Situations and Numbers
What is an emergency in Italy?
Emergency is a vague concept. We don't claim to explain the legal meaning here but give an idea of Italian perception.
There can be two kinds of medical emergency situations:
- Let's say first type can be being unable to reach medical service without help. To give an idea: when you call the Medical Emergency number you are, in fact, asking for an an 'ambulance'. That is of course your personal choice to ask for one or not (a typical situation can be a broken leg for instance).
- The other type of emergency is having an annoying pain etc. but being able to reach the hospital. In this case you will be visited by a nurse who will assign you an emergency color code. In Italy, there are several emergency codes - in order of severity: red, yellow, green, white -.
If you just need medical advice, and your general practitioner is not available (e.g. night hours or weekends), call the Doctor on Duty from whom you can get medical assistance on the telephone or who can visit you at home in some cases (a typical situation is having a fever). For the nearest hospital, check Doctors, Hospitals and Appointments.
In a situation which involves legal procedures you can also call General Emergency number or Carabinieri, they will ask you if you need an ambulance (for instance a traffic accident).
|Emergency number (generic purposes)||113|
|Carabinieri - Police||112|
|Firemen (Vigili del fuoco)||115|
Other useful numbers
|State police headquarters (Questura)||0403790111|
|National traffic police (Polizia stradale)||0404194311|
|Local police (Vigili Urbani)||040366111|
|Doctor on duty (Guardia medica)||0403991111|
|Trieste Hospital (Ospedali Riuniti di Trieste centralino)||0403991111|
|Trieste Municipality (Comune di Trieste)||0406751|